Bread, cheese, politics on Victoria Day menu

Posted: May 22, 2007 in Brantford, Caledonia, DCE, Land claims, Natives, Terrorism

As thousand of people poured into the Gaylord Powless Arena on Monday for the usual lineups for hunks of bread and cheese, they heard rousing refrains from the Hamilton Pipe Band and the Oneida Indian Marching and Concert Band from the Oneida of the Thames First Nation near London.

They also heard speeches from a succession of politicians who referred to the unrest over unresolved land claims that continues to rise since natives seized the former Douglas Creek Estates property in Caledonia in February 2006, in what they call a “land reclamation.”

Confederacy Chief Arnie General warned the crowd that “money is the main motivator” in a recent expansion of non-native settlement on native territory subject to longstanding land claims along the Grand River.“We have to stand up for our rights or we’ll have nothing in the coming years,” he said. “If you want that, join them. It you don’t, stand up.”

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